Anthony van Dyck, Maria Louisa de Tassis, c. 1630

This painting was done by van Dyck while he was living in Antwerp for a few years in between his time spent in England. The woman pictures is only 16 and not hugely wealthy; however, her father commissioned the portrait with high ambitions for his daughter. Most likely on the request of the father, van Dyck emphasizes the dress with tons of detail; he also casts a realistic light on the girl’s face and hands, giving the portrait an elegant sense of grace. This painting is an excellent example of van Dyck’s ability to show off a figure in order to satisfy a patron.

 

Posted on February 16 2012, with 95 Notes

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